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The Book of Acts Chapter 10:30-36 (21 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard
30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting
until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my
house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright
31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine
alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon,
whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of
one Simon a tanner by the seaside: who, when he
cometh, shall speak unto thee.
33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast
well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all
here present before God, to hear all things that are
commanded thee of God.
The influence of this man Cornelius was astonishing.
Here is this man who isn't even a believer, he's not
saved at all, and yet he displays more of a concern to
get people to hear the word of God than most
Christians that I have ever known. The man in his
lost state was so convincing that the room was full of
people who obviously knew of his integrity, his walk,
his life, that when he told them what God's angel
revealed to him and that Peter was going to come and
to tell him a word from God, these others wanted to
hear from God as well. This was no hostile crowd.
They were all ready to hear from the Lord.
Cornelius recounts the events to Peter as it happened
to him and reiterates the point that they were ready
to hear what the Lord commanded them to do.
This was quite an experience for the apostle and for
all of the other Jews in particular. As one writer so
correctly stated in his commentary: "Few preachers
have ever had a more receptive audience than Peter had
on this occasion."
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I
perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
The words, "Then Peter opened his mouth" are an
expression that signifies that something important was
about to ...
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